Father Kevin’s Reflection–December 20, 2015–Fourth Sunday of Advent

adventcandle4Ready or not, Christmas Day will be here …

5 days! Yes, schools will be closed, some businesses will be on ‘shut-down’ and many people will take time off for vacation.   So this might be the perfect time, to really slow down and reflect upon your life.  How’s it going?  Are you living in accord with your priorities … or are changes needed?

Ready or not, the New Year will begin … in 12 days!  This is the customary time to make new resolutions and to begin to live in the way you really want to live.  Of all the things you can hope for in the New Year, I suggest you contemplate the idea that we, the people of God, are called to become hope for the Church and the world.

Our Holy Father, Pope Emeritus Benedict, once said: “hope is a recognition of the ongoing need for salvation.”  In other words, we are not supposed to just sit still and await the arrival of the Lord as if He was some beautiful decoration coming to a world already saved.  Rather, we are to actively participate in the work of guiding others to salvation in Jesus Christ.

The goal to achieve … is God … for us and for all!  And that should be our top priority as we enter the year 2016.  So, ask yourself the question: “What can I do to help others begin or renew their relationship with Jesus?”  And then, ask yourself:  “What can I do to improve my relationship with Jesus?”

Do you have family members and friends who are living away from the Catholic Church for one reason or another?  Well, this would be a particularly good time to invite them to come back to union with God in His Church!  Great graces will flow during the Christmas Season and many people will feel the urge to be back in Church.  So, please pray for the courage and the words to invite all of your fallen-away family members and friends to come and be reconciled with the Church.

Encourage them to start the New Year out right by meeting with their Parish Priest and charting a course to come back into the Sacramental life of the Church.  As we celebrate the Great Mercy and Hope that God gives us when He gave us His Son 2015 years ago, let’s pray to actually become hope for many others as we invite them to come and adore Baby Jesus whose image is in the Crib Set, and whose True Presence is in the Tabernacle!

Christmas and the Solemnity of Mary~~

Holy Days of Obligation

Thurs Dec 24

5:00 pm Bowdle w/ 4:30 pm Caroling

Fri Dec 25     

8:00 am Onaka

10:00 am Hoven w/ 9:30 am Caroling                                        

Thurs Dec 31

5:00 pm Bowdle

7:00 pm Hosmer

Fri Jan 1 

9:30am Hoven

 


Surrounding Area Times:

Dec 24 

4:00pm Eureka

5:30 pm Leola w/ 5:00 pm Caroling

6:00 pm Herreid

8:00 pm Selby

8:30 pm Roscoe w/ 8:00pm Caroling

Midnight Ipswich w/ 11:30 pm Caroling

Dec 25

9:00 am Ipswich

9:30 am Herreid

Dec 31

5:00pm Roscoe

5:30 pm Eureka

7:00 pm Leola

Jan 1

8:30 am Herreid

9:00 am Ipswich

10:30 am Selby